L1 Residue in L2 Use: A Preliminary Study of Quantity and Tense-lax  

McAllister, R., Inoue, M., & Dahl, S.

Proceedings of Fonetik 2006, the XIXth Swedish Phonetics Conference, Lund, June 7-9, 2006. Working Papers 52, Department of Linguistics, Lund University: 93-96.

ABSTRACT

The main question addressed in this preliminary study is what traces of L1 have been transferred to L2 use. The focus is on the durational aspects of the tense-lax and quantity contrasts in English and Japanese. The results could be interpreted as support for the hypothesis that an L1 durational pattern rather than a specific phonetic feature is the object of transfer.

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